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400 Days for 400 Questions

On the occasion of its 400th anniversary, the university gave everyone a chance to pose questions to experts from the RUG. Over 400 questions have come in and all these questions will be answered: lectures and experiments, children’s knowledge cafes and children’s lectures, bicycle tours and a family day; 400 days for 400 questions is an elaborate public programme for Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, which lasted the entire anniversary month. The answers are, as far as possible collected on pages '400 anwers'. 

Saturday 3 May 2014: The University of Franeker
12.00 noon – 04.00 pm, Breedeplaats, Franeker
(‘The University of…’)

Saturday 10 May 2014: The University of Stedum
12.00 noon – 04.00 pm, Haventerrein, Stedum
(‘The University of…’)

Monday 12 May 2014: Bruno Latour on the Complex Relationship between Knowledge and Faith
08.00 – 09.30 pm, Nieuwe Kerk, Groningen, €3,- | In English
( ‘Inspiring Thinkers’)

Saturday 17 May 2014: The University of Aduard
12.00 noon – 04.00 pm, Hofstraat, Aduard
(‘The University of…’)

Monday 19 May 2014: Cisca Wijmenga on Genetics
08.00 – 09.30 pm, Aula, Academiegebouw, Groningen, € 3,-
(‘Top of the Profs’)

Tuesday 20 May 2014: Abram de Swaan on Mass Murder in the Twentieth Century 
08.00 – 09.30 pm, Aletta Jacobshal, Zernike Campus, Groningen, € 3,-
(‘Inspiring Thinkers’)

Tuesday 20 May: The children’s knowledge cafe is going out!
In Leeuwarden, Assen and Groningen, schools will be invited for a fun and informative morning, where RUG-experts will answer their questions.
(‘Children’s Knowledge Cafes’)

Wednesday 21 May 2014: Difficult Bodies; an evening concerning discomforts that are not severe, but can be very bothersome
08.00 – 09.30 pm, Hospital in Drenthe, €3,-
(‘All about the Body’)

Thursday 22 May: Mobile planetarium
‘Why are the stars so high?’ and ‘Why is the sun so hot?’. There will be morning filling programme at three primary schools in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, with the mobile planetarium of the RUG. A look at the stars with young inquirers, to get them acquainted with the mysterious universe and to answer their questions.
(‘From Here to the Stars’)

Monday 26 May 2014: Falthering Bodies; an evening about chronic afflictions such as allergies and asthma
08.00 – 09.30 pm, UMCG, Groningen, €3,-
(‘All about the Body’)

Tuesday 27 May 2014: A lecture by Louwrens Hacquebord, Professor of Arctic and Antarctic Studies, concerning the Jan Mayen Island, a volcanic island in the North Atlantic Ocean. This island was discovered by Dutch people in the Summer of 1614 – exactly 400 years ago.
08.00 – 21.30 pm, Academy building, Groningen, admission to the lecture is free for everyone
(‘Jan Mayen Island’)

Tuesday 27 May: The children’s knowledge cafe is going out! In Leeuwarden, Assen and Groningen, schools will be invited for a fun and informative morning, where RUG-experts will answer their questions.
(‘Children’s Knowledge Cafes’)

Wednesday 28 May 2014: Ben Feringa on Nanotechnology
08.00 – 09.30 pm, Infoversum, Groningen, €3,-
(‘Top of the Profs’)

Saturday 31 May 2014: The University of Gieten
12.00 noon – 04.00 pm, Hotel Braams, Brink 9
(‘The University of…’)

Tuesday 3 June 2014: Douwe Draaisma on the Brain
Dutch spoken, 08.00 – 09.30 pm, Post Plaza, Leeuwarden, €3,-
(‘Top of the Profs’)

Tuesday 3 June: The children’s knowledge cafe is going out! In Leeuwarden, Assen and Groningen, schools will be invited for a fun and informative morning, where RUG-experts will answer their questions.
Dutch spoken (‘Children’s Knowledge Cafes’)

Wednesday 4 June 2014: Martin Rees on the Origin and the Future of the Universe
English spoken, 08.00 – 09.30 pm, Aletta Jacobshal, Zernike Campus, Groningen, €3,- | In English
(‘Inspiring Thinkers’)

Thursday 5 June: ‘Why are the stars so high?’ and ‘Why is the sun so hot?’. There will be morning filling programme at three primary schools in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, with the mobile planetarium of the RUG. A look at the stars with young inquirers, to get them acquainted with the mysterious universe and to answer their questions.
Dutch spoken (‘From Here to the Stars’)

Saturday 7 June 2014: Join in Cycling and Flying! A recreational cycle tour on Saturday 7 June, at Whitsun, from Groningen to Eelde. In Eelde, submitted questions around the theme of flying will be answers by doing small experiments, demonstrations and lectures. This guarantees an educational and fun day out for the whole family to never forget!
From approximately 11 am to 3 pm, Tickets: €2.-, RUG employees pay €1,- per ticket
(‘Two Bicycle Tours to Eelde’)

Saturday 7 June 2014: Another possibility is to visit the Nijsinghuis of Museum De Buitenplaats in Eelde. Paintings by Matthijs Röling can be admired here; he also painted the ‘tree of knowledge’ in the auditorium of the Academy building. In 1983, Röling started with the paintings in the blue hall. After that, the library and later the walls of the entrance hall followed. Earlier on he painted the ceiling as a starry sky.
Tickets: €4,-, RUG employees pay €2,- per ticket
(‘Two Bicycle Tours to Eelde’)

Tuesday 10 June 2014: Eric Bergshoeff on the Theory of Relativity
Dutch spoken, 08.00 – 09.30 pm, Infoversum, Groningen, €3,-
(‘Top of the Profs’) 

Thursday 12 June: ‘Why are the stars so high?’ and ‘Why is the sun so hot?’.
There will be morning filling programme at three primary schools in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, with the mobile planetarium of the RUG. A look at the stars with young inquirers, to get them acquainted with the mysterious universe and to answer their questions.
Dutch spoken (‘From Here to the Stars’)

Thursday 12 June 2014: Bram Buunk on Jealousy
Dutch spoken, 08.00 – 09.30 pm, Museum of Drenthe, Assen, €3,-
(‘Top of the Profs’)

Thursday 12 June 2014: Aging Bodies
We are growing older and of course we want to keep enjoying our old age for as long as possible, but what is the best way to do this?
Dutch spoken, 08.00 – 09.30 pm, MCL Leeuwarden, €3,-
(‘All about the Body’)

Thursday 12 June 2014: People-oriented or ‘wisdom of the crowd?’
A debate night on account of the research proposal ‘Duurzaam Recht’ (Sustainable Law) with regard to the increasing criticism on the law. According to the professor of Sociology of Law, Marc Hertogh, the divide between law and society can be reduced if critical citizens would be taken seriously and if they would be invited to propose improvements themselves. He thinks that this can be linked to successful examples of crowdsourcing, by which (via internet and social media) large groups of people are being used to solve problems.
Dutch spoken, 08.00 – 09.30, Academy Building, Groningen, €3,-

Promotional movie for questioning at the University (project 400 days for 400 questions)